Computer Networking, Automation and Management

BSc (Hons) (Top-Up)
Leaflet Code: CR28851FT


This course examines the management of systems in data centres, virtualisation and the provision of cloud and hybrid services.

The course is designed for students wanting to specialise in areas such as the management and the security of networked systems used in data centre that support local and cloud-based services.
Large-scale data is stored in data centres with networked services provided using virtualisation technologies, while 'big data' requires several different approaches for storage and analysis.
Cybersecurity operations play a key part of securing information systems through the monitoring, detecting, investigating, analysing, and responding to security events, thus protecting systems from cybersecurity risks, threats, and vulnerabilities. Such roles are among the fastest-growing roles in IT, as organisations set up security operations centres (SOCs), and establish teams to monitor and respond to security incidents.
Applicants for this programme will be interested in computer networking, networked management and cybersecurity. Students will study a balance of modules around the themes of data storage technologies and an awareness of cybersecurity issues.

  • City Campus Manchester
  • Full Time
  • 1 year
  • September 2024

Awarding Partner:

Manchester Metropolitan University

All our staff have significant experience, teaching in higher education and related directly to the industry. Our teaching staff have relevant academic and industry recognised qualifications and are committed to yearly continuous professional development

• Foundation Degree or Higher National Diploma that has covered networking units

• We strongly recommend that all applicants have GCSE English Language and Mathematics grades A*-C or level 9-4.

Applicants who do not meet the standard entry criteria but have previous learning towards a degree-level qualification or relevant industry or life experience will be considered on an individual basis and may be invited to interview.

UCEN Manchester is unable to consider international applications due to UKVI regulations.

Negotiated Research (60 credits)
This unit will enable students to further develop general and discipline specific knowledge and skills through extended research activity. After consultation and agreement with the tutors, the students will be required to undertake a Literature Review in the area of their choosing within the context of the programme studied; formulate a research proposal with research question/s and carry out the research as proposed

Network Management (30 credits)
This unit will critically examine service operations management and infrastructure design.
Service operations management is about improving organisations to make them better for customers and service providers. Examining different scenarios will develop students’ understanding of the concepts, tools and techniques.

Students will also gain the skills and knowledge needed to plan, design, and deploy a physical and logical Microsoft Active Directory Domain Services (AD DS) infrastructure. The unit provides the skills to perform name resolution, application integration, and optimisation of automate remediation and maintenance of network services.

Securing Information Systems (30 credits)
The aim of this unit is to provide learners with the knowledge, understanding and practical experience of managing secure communication across a large-scale internetwork using industry standard equipment. Students will develop the ability to undertake individual research to contextualise their specialist subject in the broader security management environment. Cybersecurity Operations is a hands-on, career-oriented course with an emphasis on practical experience to help students develop specialised skills to successfully handle the tasks, duties, and responsibilities of an associate-level Security Analyst working in a Security Operations Centre (SOC

A range of assessment methods are used and could be in the form of the following:

• Proposal presentation
• Literature review
• Dissertation
• Poster presentation
• Written report
• Case study assessment
• Hands on skills assessment.

50% seminar/lecture 50% self-directed learning

Required and essential items for programme and cost.

All the books required for the course are available from the library. However, you may choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop which is highly recommended. Estimated costs for a laptop are £300. A portable hard drive is also highly recommended with a minimum of 1TB storage. Estimated costs of a hard drive is £40. Materials are provided online and assignments are submitted electronically. However, you might also wish to print other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page

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